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Annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards


Nominations are rolling in for the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Awards! 

Why not honor that special person who has helped your organization this year by nominating him/her? The award was created in 1991 to provide charitable organizations the opportunity to honor someone within or close to their organization who truly exemplifies the “spirit of philanthropy.” 

The AFP Philanthropy Leadership Awards Dinner is Thursday, November 13, 2014.  The annual awards ceremony and event serve to recognize and celebrate Arizona’s finest fundraisers, volunteers, philanthropists, corporations, and media who serve our community through their dedication of resources, time and generosity.

Spirit of Philanthropy submissions are due by Friday, August 15, 2014.

Click here to download the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Award form.

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29th Annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards

For the first time in our history, our chapter presented an Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award – the winner was Katie Wilkinson, an 18-year-old graduate of Corona del Sol High School who has been a volunteer for The Salvation Army for several years.  She was instrumental in starting the first Red Kettle Club in the nation – there are now seven.  Her accomplishments include taking a $500 challenge award from the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and turning it into $4,900 which was used for 14 underprivileged children to attend the Salvation Army’s summer music camp.  

Wells Fargo received the Outstanding Corporation Award for its NeighborhoodLIFT program which combines home down payment assistance with local initiative dollars.  As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo developed Hands On Banking, a comprehensive modular curriculum both in English and Spanish which targets students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens.  

Tom Ambrose and Ed Fox were both recognized with the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award for their many years of support for a variety of charities throughout the state.  The Phoenix Zoo nominated them for their roles as co-chairs of the Zoo’s recently completed $21.5 million World Class Zoo for a World Class City campaign to build new facilities and exhibits.Recognizing one of our own – Gerri Wright was given the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.  Nominated by the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, Gerri has been instrumental in building the Tiffany Circle, a powerful network of philanthropic women.  Previously, she completed a $7.6 million dollar capital campaign for the renovation of the Heard Museum’s permanent gallery HOME:  Native People in the Southwest, as well as $5 million dollar campaign for the Heard Museum North and expansion of the gift shop.    

Bob and Renee Parsons and the Parsons Foundation was recognized as Outstanding Philanthropists who have given $30 million to organizations in Arizona including Barrow Neurological Foundation, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, UMON New Day Centers, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Arizona Humane Society, Autism Speaks, and the Phoenix Zoo.  A devoted supporter of our veterans, they have made generous contributions to the Semper Fi Fund.  Bob forever endeared himself to the Princess Catering department when he remarked “I really liked the chicken”. 

We are grateful to all the awardees for their amazing work they do in the community.  We have received many glowing comments on the dinner – the caliber of all the winners and our new site – the Fairmont princess Scottsdale – and we will certainly return next year. We are so grateful to our 2013 Philanthropy Dinner Sponsors – their support is so essential to our success!

Click here to view a collection of photos from the evening! 
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